Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Ouen Press 2019 Short Story Competition

The Ouen Press 2019 Short Story Competition is open until December 31, 2019 (midnight UK time). Free to enter. Prizes: First prize £300, 2 x Runners up £100 each. The winning entry, the runners-up and the highly commended stories will be published by Ouen Press in a compilation of short stories. Theme: Gift. Stories should […]

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

The Fowey Festival Short Story Competition is open until March 16, 2010. Submit short stories up to 1,500 words. Stories must have the title “Not After Midnight”. Prizes: £100, £75 Entry Fee: £5 More here.

Keats-Shelley Prize 2020

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 is open until January 14, 2020. Submit poems of up to 30 lines on the theme of ‘Songbird’, and essays up to 3,000 words on any aspect of the works or lives of the Romantics and their circles. The Prize Chair is Simon Barnes and the judges are: poets Professor Deryn […]

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2020

The Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2020 is open until 21st January 2020. Judge: Sinéad Morrissey Prizes: £600, £200, £100 Entry: £4 or 3 for £10 The winners will be informed by Tuesday 17 March 2020 and will be invited to read alongside Sinéad Morrissey at the prize giving ceremony 4 April 2020 at the […]

CWI October 2019 Winner

Sleight of Hand Ruth Taaffe You were thirteen and crooked, about to embrace the retainer, conjure your own face from the pack. An x-ray then you lay supine against stuffed leatherette waiting for the show to begin. Behind the scenes  the assistant prepared tricks of the trade for the maestro who appeared in the snap […]

Ink Pantry Publishing’s Krampus Poetry Competition 2019

Ink Pantry Publishing’s Krampus Poetry Competition 2019 is open until December 16, 2019 (midnight). Free to enter. Theme: Krampus Poems can be any style or length; they must be unpublished. One entry per person. More here.

Nature of Cities Prize for Urban Flash Fiction

The Nature of Cities Prize for Urban Flash Fiction is open until January 1, 2020. Submit flash fiction (up to 750 words) on the theme: City in a Wild Garden Stories must be set in a city. You are free to interpret the word ‘city’ as you please. Nature and people must be significant plot […]

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition is open until 29th February, 2020. Submit up to 3,000 words, on any subject (no children or young adult fiction). Prizes: £150, £50 and £25. The winning stories will be published in an anthology. Fee: £ 6 Judge: Tim Symonds More here.

2019 Solstice Prize

The 2019 Solstice Prize is open until December 21, 2019 (midnight). Free to enter Submit poetry (up to 40 lines) and short stories (up to 1000 words) on any subject. There are two age categories: 10-13 and 14-17 years First prize in both categories is £50 cash for the entrant and a £50 book token […]

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open until January 13, 2020 (noon). Submit a short story of up to 2,500 words. Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. First prize is £10,000. The four shortlisted entrants will be invited as Jeremy Mogford’s guests to the Mogford Prize […]

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020 is open until January 27, 2020. Submit short stories up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 42 lines. Entry Fee: £7 Short Story: £200, feedback and advice on a sample of your work from a commissioning editor publisher or author, and a professionally produced recording of your work. Poetry: […]

MTP Short Story Competition

The MTP Short Story Competition is open from December 1, 2019-February 29, 2020. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open to writers worldwide, writing in English. Entry fee £5 per story Winners announced March 16, 2020 Prizes: £400, £300, £200, and publication in the MTP Anthology (print book and ebook) More here.

Write On Art Prize

The Write On Art Prize is open until March 31, 2020. The prize is sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Free to enter. Open to young art writers aged 15–18. Pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say […]

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020 are open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to 5 to 25-year olds, in the UK and Ireland. Cressida Cowell is this year’s head judge. There are five age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or […]

F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contests

The F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contests are now open until December 15, 2019. The prizes are: Short fiction: first place prize of $1,000 Flash fiction: first place prize of $300 Poetry: first place prize of $300 Each category winner, along with the five top finalists, will be considered for publication in F(r)iction. Judges: Marisa Crane, […]

St Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

The St Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is open until January 3, 2020. Free to enter. Open to writers around the world, aged 18 and over, who have never had a novel published. The winning manuscript will be published by Minotaur Books. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties […]

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. Open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK. Submit poems of up to 48 lines. Theme: Trees Prizes: £3,000, £1,500, £500, 4 runner-up prizes of £250. The top three winners will also be offered […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 2,500 words, any style and theme. Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website. More here.

Kurious Short Story Competition

The Kurious Short Story Competition is open until December 12, 2019. Theme: Curious There is a single prize of £500. Shortlisted entries will be published online and in an anthology. Judges: Emma Bolland, Julianne Pachico, Niki Chang Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 6, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition is open until January 31, 2020. Judge: Carrie Etter Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. Entry Fee: £5 per poem. For three or more poems, £4 each. More here.

BeAnimal Writing Competition

The BeAnimal Writing Competition is open until December 16, 2019 (Midnight IST). Free to enter. Narrate an account of an experience in your life that brought you closer to nature. (OR) Write a short piece on your ideal utopia and some of the things you would find there. (OR) Write an informational piece on something […]

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2019 (11pm). The theme of the competition is Snowdrops or the work of James Allen (visit their website for further details) or inspiration from the judge’s comments: “James Allen’s two most enduring snowdrop varieties ‘Magnet’ and Merlin’ both suggest in their names […]

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize opens on September 18, 2019 and closes on January 17, 2020 (noon). The prize is open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published. You must be resident in the UK or Ireland. Submit the first 40-50 pages of your novel and a synopsis of […]

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020 is open until February 7, 2020. The competition is run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council. Open to all ages. This year, they are looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds. It’s free to enter for under 18s. Entry for adults […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values. There will be a monthly prize for the single best entry received in every month. Then the judges will review all […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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